Ashby-Hodge Showcases The Nature Of The Sacred

New show opens August 31 on CMU campus

The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University opens the fall season with a double exhibition that reflects the passion and the sacredness of life.

In the main gallery will be "Feathered Friends: Six Decades of Watercolor Painting of Birds" by David Plank. The rest of the gallery will feature a memorial exhibition honoring the late Mel Meyer, known to most people as Brother Mel, a member of the Society of Mary (S.M.)—the Marianists.

The show will run from August 31 – November 20. A reception honoring David Plank will be held on the opening day. The exhibition is open to the public at no charge every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Plank's birds are primarily watercolors. He's had a lifelong passion for birds and has been painting them since he was a child. His show will include some of the quick sketches he makes outside, then follow the process of bringing his birds to life.

To Brother Mel, art was worship. His art will include watercolors, acrylics, and sculptures, including a new one in the sculpture garden outside Classic Hall, a piece called "King and Queen" in a brilliant royal purple.

For more information, contact Dr. Joe Geist, supervisor of the collection, at, or Denise Gebhardt, curator, at


Posted August 21, 2014